Review: Bluetooth Earbuds for Your Workout and iPhone 7

Given that the iPhone 7 dropped the headphone jack, now may be the right time to switch to wireless earbuds. The EAR CANZ ($39.99) from 808 Audio work nicely as an EarPod replacement, and they're quite affordable at about $40. Compared to Apple's AirPods, you could buy four of these for the same price. Plus they should stay in place better.

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I don't normally use earbuds because they don't stay in my ear very well, but 808 provides several ear adapters and "ear fins" as it calls them. They make a big difference and help keep the EAR CANZ in place, especially when active. They are also water resistant so you can work up a sweat without worry.

Despite being Bluetooth-based, and including an in-line microphone, they are quite lightweight. You still have to remember to charge them, and bring the included USB cable and a power source. 

Pros

  • Affordable for Bluetooth
  • Several ear adapters
  • Lightweight
  • Includes microphone
  • Water resistant

Cons

  • Needs USB cable for charging
  • Only in black

Final Verdict

If you are are upgrading to an iPhone 7, you may want a set of earbuds that works without a headphone jack. The EAR CANZ from 808 Audio could be a good option and they don't cost much more than wired earbuds. 

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.